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Security guards assess the aftermath at the scene of an explosion outside Jazira hotel in Mogadishu

Security guards assess the aftermath at the scene of an explosion outside Jazira hotel in Mogadishu, January 2, 2014. Three bombs exploded within an hour outside the hotel in a heavily fortified district of the Somali capital on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people. REUTERS/Omar Faruk (SOMALIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DISASTER)

Mogadishu hotel bombing

Islamist militants in Somalia said on Thursday that they carried out the triple bombing on a Mogadishu hotel that killed at least 11 people.

Al Shabaab, who are battling African peacekeepers for control of territory in southern and central Somalia, said its bombers had targeted intelligence officials who were meeting at the Jazira hotel at the time. (Reuters)

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